Rehab patient claims center negligently installed skid plates on his walker, causing injurious fall

By Nicholas Malfitano | Aug 11, 2017

SCRANTON – A rehabilitation center patient claims the center was negligent when it installed “skid plates” to the bottom of his walker, which he says caused him to fall in his room and be seriously injured.

Joseph Krinsky of Olyphant filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on July 17 versus Lackawanna Acquisition I, LLC (doing business as “Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center”), also of Olyphant.

On May 22, 2015, plaintiff was a resident patient of Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center and when exiting the bathroom in his room, the “skid plate” attached to the bottom of the rear legs of his walker became lodged under the bathroom door. According to the lawsuit, this caused the back of the walker to lock in place as Krinsky moved forward, causing him to fall forward, over the walker and onto the floor, causing serious injuries and damages.

Furthermore, the plaintiff alleges the defendant was the party responsible for attaching the skid plates to his walker – which in his belief, was tantamount to negligence on the part of Lackawanna Health and Rehab.

As a result, Krinsky suffered severe injuries including, but not limited to, a fractured right distal femur requiring surgery and the installation of rods, plates and screws, trauma to his body and/or an aggravation of medical conditions resulting in a delayed stay at the facility, plus nervous system shock.

For a lone count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages, jointly and severally, in an amount in excess of $50,000.00, plus costs, delay damages and other such relief as the Court deems just and proper in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Scott E. Schermerhorn in Scranton.

Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas case 17-CV-2391

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